On Saturday, Aug. 10, the West Kortright Centre will present two indoor events featuring the bluegrass-jazz crossover band Sam Reider and the Human Hands.
At 2 p.m., Reider and his band will present a free family performance as part of the WKC’s Songbird Sessions. The 60-minute educational show, titled “Future Folk Musik,” will take children on a tour of American roots music — from its origins in Africa, the Caribbean, Ireland, Scotland and France, to New Orleans, the Appalachian Mountains and beyond. Performing arrangements of traditional pieces, the band will engage children in an interactive activity about using the blues to express emotions and demonstrate how an improvising band models democracy through listening and collective improvisation. The show for all ages was developed over the last six years of performing for public school students throughout the New York City area in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, presenters said in a media release. No registration is required. Donations will be accepted.
At 8 p.m., the band will return to the stage for a full concert.
Bandleader, composer and singer-songwriter Reider is a piano jazz man-turned-roots musician who is “redefining American music on the accordion,” according to the release. The Human Hands are a virtuosic band of musicians, composed of Alex Hargreaves on violin, Eddie Barbash on saxophone, Dominick Leslie on mandolin, Roy Williams on guitar, and Dave Speranza on bass.
Tickets to the concert are $25 or $22 for WKC members. Tickets purchased the day of the concerts will cost $4 more. The charge for children 9 to 18 is $10, and children 8 and younger will be admitted free. Tickets are available online until 24 hours before the show; as well as at the door. The ticket booth will open at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, and doors will open at 7:30. Concertgoers may arrive early to attend a gallery opening reception for a group photography show from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and purchase food onsite from 6 to 8 p.m.
The West Kortright Center is midway between Oneonta, Delhi and Stamford. For advance tickets and exact travel directions, visit www.westkc.org.